9 December 2010

Archival Gold: Earth science photos you may not have seen

Posted by Jessica Ball

While I was working at theĀ American Geological Institute, I helped with a lot of projects that required photo research. To keep costs down, we usually tried to find non-copyrighted images (i.e., from websites with a .gov address). As it turns out, there are a lot of really useful places besides Wikipedia to get images, and they’re ones I still use when I want to illustrate a concept (and I’m not sure about using someone else’s images on the blog). Since I seem to have a little trouble finding a weekly feature that someone else in the geoblogosphere isn’t already doing, I thought I’d make it my task to share “forgotten” photos from my research sources. I’ll start you off with some winter-themed images from the United States Geological Survey Photo Library.

Here’s a lovely shot of the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park…from the 1880s!

"Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Old Faithful in Upper Geyser Basin in eruption, probably viewed from the side nearest the Firehole River. Photo probably by W.H. Jackson, either 1878 (Hayden Survey), 1883, or 1885 (for W.H. Jackson & Co., Denver)." USGS Photo Library.

And, just because I couldn’t resist, here’s a more lighthearted shot of some geologists at Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption:

"Assistants are hard to find in the winter months! Snowman between two geologists at work. Mount St. Helens, Skamania County, Washington. February 11, 1983. Photograph by Lyn Topinka." USGS Photo Library.